Grilled food is a summer favorite, I sometimes wonder if I could ever really get sick of a grilled brat on a bun with ketchup... it's doubtful! However, I supposed we should mix things a big considering brats probably aren't the best option, with over 500 mg of sodium and around 10 grams of saturated fat. Don't get me wrong, not bashing brats. I eat them often, que the age old saying I live by "everything in moderation." However, a meal on the grill doesn't have to only have meat. At our house we toss on some veggies too which rounds out the meal nicely. I think the summer it's easy to forget about that because we get so caught up on pork chops and burgers.
Get yourself a grilling basket or skillet type of pan and toss on the fresh or frozen veggies. Once our garden is ready for harvesting we'll be in business, but until then we simply toss on a bag of frozen veggies (budget friendly + healthy!), season with a little bit of whatever seasoning you like a voila you have a side dish! I even store mine on the grill so when we go to light it for our next grilled meal we remember "oh yes, what should we do for veggies?"
Well of course part of each 4th of July celebration is an American Flag or two. After all we are celebrating our independence not just a day off of work! Try making this treat that is dual purpose 1) gets the kids involved in their food 2) demonstrate patriotism #Merica.
Toast, cream cheese, strawberry jam, bananas and blueberries make a cute American Flag!
As a kid I LOVED fireworks. There's just something about being a kid and watching a firework show. Now as a mom it's even more fun to see my son's face light up at the seemingly magical scene in the sky.
I know what you're thinking. "Oh this is a fitness/health blog..." BUT stop right there---I'm not going to tell you how to quick lose 5 lbs by tomorrow or how to look the best in your bikini this weekend. Instead, I'm going to encourage you to put all judgement and self-consciousness behind and just enjoy yourself. Whether you are wearing a strappy little swimsuit, a tankini or just a tank top and shorts- do it confidently. It's so easy to think you can't put on a suit until you're in that perfect shape. BUT let me tell you, if that's your attitude you'll probably never feel good/confident enough to do it. So just bite the bullet and do it. Go make memories and forget your half naked. Do you think your friends and kids are going to remember how you looked in your swimsuit or how much fun you had together splashing, tubing, skiing or just lounging around in the water? Yep, the memories made are priceless so don't worry if you haven't lost that last inch or if your tummy isn't rock hard- you have a body that moves, breathes and is an AMAZING machine. Celebrate it!
Of course being in the water is great but don't forget to drink it! Stay hydrated even if you are drinking other beverages of choice. Switch off, come back to the house/cabin/camper for breaks and drink some water. Your body, skin and head will thank you tomorrow!
Happy Fourth of July from Grub for Gratitude!